Weekend Recap with the Mules

by Kevin Ahn

This past week, Colby athletics competed in a wide range of events and games, all with varying degrees of success. Inclement weather also factored into this past weekend, causing the canceling or rescheduling of games across different sports. However, Colby still had some great success as some teams are near the end of their season while others are just getting started.

Men’s Tennis

First up is men’s tennis who took on the University of Southern Maine (USM) on Saturday. The men opened up their season with a flawless victory over USM, beating them 9–0 overall on the day. The Mules played a total of six singles matches and three doubles matches. While a 9–0 run on the day is already an achievement in itself, the most impressive statistic of the day was the fact that Colby did not give up a single game throughout the day. All of the doubles matches were won 8–0 and all of the singles matches were won 6–0. Originally, Colby had a match scheduled against Franklin Pierce University on Sunday but the snowstorm on that day prevented play and the entire match ended up being canceled. The snowstorm also resulted in the Women’s tennis team having their match canceled against Franklin Pierce. Both teams will head to Hamilton college next weekend to continue their season. The women’s team will play on Saturday and the men will play their matches on Sunday.

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s Lacrosse continued their seasons with games against both Thomas College and Hamilton College. On Tuesday, the Mules took on Thomas College after the game had been rescheduled from Monday. Colby took a dominating lead early in the game, going up 12–0 by the end of the first quarter. By the end of the half, Colby was up 21–0. The final score of the game ended up being 28–0, with Thomas College having a total of only three shots throughout the entire game, and only one of those three being registered as a shot on goal.

Heading into the weekend fresh off of a victory against Thomas, the men’s lacrosse team then played their second conference game of the season, this time against Hamilton college. Unfortunately, the Mules were unable to head home with a victory, losing 17–9 at the end of regulation. In the first five minutes of the game, Hamilton took a three-goal lead against the Mules until CJ Hassan ’20 was able to strike back to earn Colby’s first goal of the day. Despite narrowing the goal differential to two, Colby ended the half having only scored four goals against Hamilton’s 11. For the rest of the game, the two teams traded goals back and forth until the eventual 17–9 ending score was reached. Despite the end result, Colby played a strong defensive game. Hamilton recorded a total of 58 shots against Colby with 35 being on goal. Strong defensive and goalie play helped keep Colby relatively in the game throughout the game.

Men’s Lacrosse went on to win Tuesday night’s game over Husson University 26–6. Max Cushman ’19 and Carter Vickers ’21 led the team with five goals and four goals, respectively. The team will now look to take on Tufts University this Friday at home.

Women’s Track and Field

Rachel Leonard ’19 finished her indoor track career strong, taking 19th in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend with a time of 58.84.

The final event of this weeks’ weekend recap comes from the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships where Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19 earned All-American Honors and ended up placing fifth in the 60-meter hurdles. Despite some very strong finishes in some of the events, Colby ended up taking 51st place overall in team scores. With this event being the end of the indoor season, the team will now shift focus to the outdoor portion of the track and field season.